Dear Brothers and Sisters
Today is Pentecost – which means 50 days. In this case 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ – but it is synonymous with an event that made today so special.: the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Church. This is the other “Advocate” that Jesus promised, the “Comforter” who would strengthen us in all our challenges and trials and make us bold in proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.
What we may not have thought is that the Spirit might be given to us to make us holy and to strengthen us in holiness.
One of the lovely things about the catholic faith is its sense of family bonds. We are part of a huge global family of faith – but we are also part of what is called the communion of saints. The word saint is derived from the Latin word sanctus which means holy. The saints are God’s holy ones.
But, do you ever wonder what it is that made the saints ‘holy’? Is it the case that they ‘have’ something that ordinary (non-holy) catholics do not? Or is it that we recognize a certain something at work in them that allows us to give that certain something the title ‘Holy.” In short, is holiness for others or for everyone?
I told you of the Pope’s latest Apostolic Exhortation – Gaudete et Exulatate a week.In this document Pope Francis is exhorting all God’s people to strive for, and recognize the holiness of everyday life and activity. In a lovely passage he describes a woman with many things to do who does holiness instinctively and without even calling it holiness as such. Here it is:
“This holiness to which the Lord calls you will grow through small gestures. Here is an example: a woman goes shopping, she meets a neighbour and they begin to speak, and the gossip starts. But she says in her heart: “No, I will not speak badly of anyone”. This is a step forward in holiness. Later, at home, one of her children wants to talk to her about his hopes and dreams, and even though she is tired, she sits down and listens with patience and love. That is another sacrifice that brings holiness. Later she experiences some anxiety, but recalling the love of the Virgin Mary, she takes her rosary and prays with faith. Yet another path of holiness. Later still, she goes out onto the street, encounters a poor person and stops to say a kind word to him. One more step.” (GE16)
You may think that this isn’t real holiness. You may think this is a kind of holiness-lite. You may even think that holiness is what other people do and you, kind of, absorb it second hand, as it were. Again not so. Pope Francis writes again: “To be holy does not require being a bishop, a priest or a religious. We are frequently tempted to think that holiness is only for those who can withdraw from ordinary affairs to spend much time in prayer. That is not the case. We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves. Are you called to the consecrated life? Be holy by living out your commitment with joy. Are you married? Be holy by loving and caring for your husband or wife, as Christ does for the Church. Do you work for a living? Be holy by labouring with integrity and skill in the service of your brothers and sisters. Are you a parent or grandparent? Be holy by patiently teaching the little ones how to follow Jesus. Are you in a position of authority? Be holy by working for the common good and renouncing personal gain. (GE14)
What should inspire us to get started on the path of holiness? Our baptism is the means, and the reason for pursuing holiness. “Let the grace of your baptism bear fruit in a path of holiness. Let everything be open to God; turn to him in every situation. Do not be dismayed, for the power of the Holy Spirit enables you to do this, and holiness, in the end, is the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life. (GE15)
So you see Pentecost has everything to do with holiness. Lets get started!
With my love and prayers – Fr David
Albert Morris’ Funeralwill take place at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind on Monday 21st May at 11.00am followed by burial at Cranleigh Cemetery. Reception after at The Park Hatch. All who knew Albert are very welcome to attend. Donations to Parkinson’s UK or Phyllis Tuckwell in lieu of flowers via J Woodford Funerals please. From Joan
Parish Outreach :help is needed on Wednesday 30th May.
A day is being arranged Wednesday 30th May by the Co-Workers of Mother Teresa for the housebound people cared for by Mother Teresa’s Sisters in London. They come down with some of the Sisters in three or four coaches every year for a day out in Surrey and this year it is based at Epsom Catholic Church on 30th May. We would welcome people of any age from our parish who would like to come and help. We serve them lunch, push their wheelchairs and talk with them, as well as meeting and talking to the Sisters. If you would like to come or would like more information, contact Bridget Eacott (892406), who is one of the Co-Workers.
Chris Greenwood will be selling homemade continental breadsafter Vigil Mass on 19thMay with all funds going to the Parish Meeting Room Fund. Loaves at £2 each.
Fr Conway is on his six month sabbatical in Ireland at the moment so nothing to report from the Barpello Mission. Here is a message from Fr Sean McGovern at Rotu in response to my query whether the two Missions had been affected by the dam which burst in the Nakuru region and the tragic loss of life there.
” Very many thanks for your concern about our safety. The truth is I was not even aware that a dam had burst and caused great suffering for many I’m sure. Our rains have been good. Nothing terribly torrential but steady over the past six weeks or so. Roads have taken their usual beating but that’s normal. A river that for years has caused us problems at Nginyang some 100 Kms from here has had its usual victims in terms of cars and lorries lost. We must cross it going to Nakuru for shopping but at this time of year we wait for a few dry days before traveling. All well here otherwise. As our church building is at a standstill waiting for steel for the roof trusses, we have been able to concentrate on building my second classroom in the nursery school now nearing completion. Finishing always seems to take longer then expected.
God bless for now. Sean”
If you would like more information about the Pokot Missions’ projects, please contact me on 01483-893379 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Nel’s leaving celebration — After 11.00 am Mass at Cranleigh an opportunity to say “good-bye” to Doug, Georgie, John , Phoebe and Eliza. bound for Cornwall. Drinks and nibbles in the Parish Meeting Room. All friends, colleagues etc are most welcome.
St John’s Seminary has written to thank the Parishfor their donations towards the upkeep of the Seminary rooms. They thank the thoughtfulness, kindness and generosity of those who supported their recent appeal. Some large donations were made from our parishoners and Fr Gerry will pray for the Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley and asks for our prayers. Thank you.
Coach Trip to the English Martyrs Catholic Churchin Worthing to see the reproduction of the Sistine Chapelceiling.
Only two Sistine Chapel Ceilings exist in the world.
The first was painted in the 16th Century by Michelangelo Buonarroti and is located in Vatican City, Rome, Italy.
The second was painted between 1987-1993 by Gary Bevans in Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, England.
After a pilgrimage to Rome in 1987 for the Beatification of 85 English Martyrs, parishioner Gary Bevans noted that the Sistine Chapel Ceiling was practically the same shape and size as the ceiling of his parish church of the English Martyrs, West Sussex. A natural artist and full-time sign writer he contemplated recreating an exact copy. After receiving permission from his parish priest and local Bishop he began the work in 1987 in his free time as a gift to the Church. It took him five and a half years to complete. The Sistine Chapel Reproduction in English Martyrs Church is the only known copy of the ceiling in the world.
Cranleigh and Bramley Parish are hoping to run a coach day trip to see this wonderful work.
If you would be interested in joining the coach please register your interest to email@example.com numbers will determine the size and cost of the coach which could be 29 or 53 seaters. Date will be discussed at the next Care Group Meeting and advised.
Could you and your family be welcomers to our Parish Masses?
The Cranleigh Welcome Ministry is in need of more welcomers, (the people who organise the porch, hand out the hymn books and greet parishioners and visitors with a warm welcome and who keep an eye out for anyone in need during mass) If you think this valuable and essential ministry is for you why not speak to Fr David? Please send your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Parish AGM 2018
Tuesday 22ndMay at 7.30pm
at the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.
All are encouraged to attend.
- Welcome and Prayer
- Parish Priest’s Report
- Pastoral Group Reports
– Care Group
– Churches Together (CTC)
– Pokot Report
– Safeguarding Report
- Financial Report
- Any Other Business (notified)
- Closing Prayer
Meeting Opens at 7.30pm
Reserve the date of Sunday 10thJune midday for joining the St Cuthbert Mayne Summer Fair which will involve a BBQ, games and refreshments. All are welcome. There will be no onsite parking on this day.
The Over – 50’s coffee morningswill now be held on the second Wednesday of each month and therefore will take place on 13thJune and 11thJuly. All are welcome and friends will be warmly welcomed.
The next Parish Lunch will take place on Tuesday 29thMay and there are sign up sheets in the porches for catering purposes.
Jane Penson will host an Afternoon Tea Partyon Sunday 10thJune from 3pm. Please let Jane have your RSVP if you would like to join this event. Tel 271102 in aid of the Parish Hall.
If you would like to support Joanna Kin on her London to Brighton Trek on 30th June then please donate using the attached link.
JustGiving sends your donation straight to British Heart Foundation and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.
Thank you for your support and good luck Joanna!
You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Day of Praise and Healing, around the theme, Mary: Path of Grace, given by John Hesketh, on Sat, 26th of May 2018. The day begins with Mass at 10.20 am. Two talks will divide the Day, with refreshments and lunch, the Divine Mercy Devotion, with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, concluding with the Sacrament of Healing and departures at 4.20 pm. Come to part, or all of the day, as it suits you. Bring a packed lunch, and a friend. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR Online information:www.chilworthbenedictines.com
I have ordered fifty copies of Pope Francis’s latest exhortation hoping that you will buy them and, more importantly, read them! The cost £4.95 each – that is about the price of a glass of wine or a pint of beer at the Onslow these days! Read this over a pint and absorb what the Pope is saying about our faith. Be holy as the Lord your God is holy. Read this!